At the 2015 Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Day of Renewal, I offered a simple three step process to raise up the topic of stewardship. Here is a portion of that presentation. In preparation, I took heavily from two sources: Jamieson, Janet T., and Philip D. Jamieson. Ministry and Money A Practical Guide for Pastors. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009 and J. Cliff Christopher. Not Your Parents Offering Plate A New Vision for Financial Stewardship. Nashville: Abington Press, 2008.
Step #1 Get the House in Order
it in your own mind. This applies to financial stewardship as well.
The leader needs to have, and be able to articulate in a clear and concise way, their own theology of giving in order to lead the congregation in
stewardship. So first I recommend reading what the Bible has to say about
giving and then reviewing the works of the best theologians on the topic.
in stewardship the leader must be personally a sacrificial giver of their own
resources. The final act of step #1 is to preach. The congregation needs to hear about Biblical stewardship and needs to hear your own theology and about your giving.
receive as much attention in preaching/teaching as it does in the Gospels
newsletter. The congregation deserves to know that the Pastor follows
her/his own preaching and that the pastor is personally financially invested in
the congregation. It is also an opportunity to invite the wealthier
members to match the pastor’s giving.